Paul Pfeiffer’s work extracts visual elements from recent popular culture to present psychologically and aesthetically evocative images, objects, and experiences. Recipient of the first Bucksbaum Award for the Whitney Biennial (2000), his work has been recognized for its ingenious use of computer and video technology. The MCA presentation will feature a selection of video and sculptural works from across Pfeiffer’s career, in which he has continually challenged the role of media images in defining community and identity. Pfeiffer uses photography, sculpture, video, computer photo collage, and digital technology to navigate the intersection of the body, the camera, and American culture. His works address the evolving effects of new digital technologies, which easily manipulate preexisting images of the human being. Rather than masking the use of technology in his work, Pfeiffer calls full attention to its presence.
This exhibition is co-organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge.
Support for this exhibition is provided by Andrea and James Gordon, Kenneth C. Griffin, Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy, Jennifer McSweeney, and The Orbit Fund. Additional support is provided by GUCCI and ArtPace/A Foundation for Contemporary Art, San Antonio.